A landmark study by French researchers has produced powerful evidence that bad food damages your brain mass.
Their findings proved that a diet of healthy food can radically help keep your mind strong and clear. The foods recommended are especially fish, omega-3 rich oils, fruits and vegetables), and can reduce the risk of dementia and Alzheimer's disease.
Healthy food is good? Of course, we always knew this on some level--- garbage in, garbage out. But its worse than anyone ever suspected.
But the study reveals a connection of poor diet and brain decay at a much deadlier level than ever suspected. It was based upon 8,085 people (older than 65). None had any symtom of dementia at the start of the study.
Over the following four years, 183 of the participants developed Alzheimer's disease, and 98 developed another form of dementia.
Those who regularly consumed omega-3 rich oils--- such as canola, flaxseed, and walnut oil--- were 60 percent less likely to develop dementia than those who did not regularly consume such oils. Incredible!
The study also found that regular consumption of fruits and vegetables lowered dementia risk by a stunning 30 percent!
That's not all. People who ate fish at least once a week were 40 percent less likely to develop dementia and 35 percent less likely to develop Alzheimer's---- but ONLY if they didn't carry a gene (ApoE4), known to increase the risk of Alzheimer's.
Yes, that's the wild card, that pesky gene that fades the game somewhat. But the gene, fortunately is rare.
Pascale Barberger-Gateau, of the French National Institute for Health and Medical Research, said in a prepared statement: "Given that most people do not carry the ApoE4 gene, these results could have considerable implications in terms of public health."
What an understatement. The study shows that diet is an enormously greater factor than genes or anything else. And diet can be changed.
The researchers also found that people without the ApoE4 gene who regularly consumed omega-6 rich oils -- such as sunflower or grape-seed oil -- but not omega-3 rish oils or fish were twice as likely to develop dementia as people who didn't eat omega-6 rich oils.
The French National Institute findings are published in their journal, Neurology.
We are all gambling against the same terrible possibility, dementia, eventually. And if there are ways to cheat the house odds, why would you not take every one available to you?
Losing an arm or legs is a tragedy, but losing your cognition has to be the ultimate penalty for poor diet.